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Mold often grows after a rain storm.

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

The Process of Mold Damage Restoration in a Home or Business

Mold damage can be a major nuisance in any business or home set-up. It discolors drywall, leaves black spots on the siding, blackens shower grout lines and grows on damp wood on the property. The microscopic spores it releases are scientifically known to lead to property damage and also leave a smelly odor. The trick is to embrace mitigation and deodorization program for the mold in home and business setups before it becomes harmful.

Locate the Mold

Removing some of the mold one can see does not act as remediation process. Fungus, mildew, and mold in home must be removed completely to avert damage. Missing out on any bit during mold removal means what’s left will grow and spread, leading to home or commercial mold damage. It is advisable to employ the services of a mold removal company to ensure a thorough test and mitigation program are professionally applied to keep off mold damage for the longest time. The companies look for mold damage in all rooms, paying attention to areas with smelly odor and those that appear dump. Many property owners do not realize that commercial mold damage can also be found under floor coverings, in walls, air conditioning ducts, among other sensitive areas, and this will need deodorization after the mold removal process.

Assessment and Calculation of Mold Damage called a "SCOPE."

Mold remediation goes beyond locating the areas affected by commercial mold damage. Most people fail to understand that mildew, fungus, and mold can be invisible intruders, meaning that one must be inquisitive before applying the remediation process. Professionals know that mold is mostly caused by water and too much moisture. Experience allows them to locate the source of this moisture. What’s more, it may not grow in just one area, so a thorough investigation on the amount of contaminated space must be considered for thorough mitigation. Calculating the extent of mold in a home impacts the mold removal, cleanup and deodorization approach. The aim of commercial mold damage mitigation is to avoid exposing workers and the building occupants to harm. Professionals apply high levels of mold, mildew and fungus remediation based on the square footage of the damage. The EPA states that people should be concerned when more than ten square feet of structural surface is affected.

Preparation of the Damaged Area

Most companies use fungicide for deodorization and the cleanup of fungus, mildew, and mold. Sheets of heavy plastic are used, and tapes to seal the work area to ensure mold spores are not spread to other areas. Professionals carry all necessary mold alleviation tools for the operation. Also, to further prevent the spreading of mold spores, negative pressure is applied in areas of commercial mold damage. Mold removal companies use protective gear before undertaking remediation.

Cleanup and Removal of Moldy Materials

Materials such as carpeting and drywall are sprayed lightly with water to reduce the smelly odor and prevent mold spores from being spread. Using a vacuum with a filter keeps mold from being dispersed. The moldy materials are then sealed in trash bags before being disposed of. For non-porous materials that can be cleaned adequately such as bathtubs and tiles to remove mold, mildew, and fungus, fungicide is applied using a rag (towel). However it should be noted that much of the mold growing on tile in wet areas does not produce airborne spores.

Because powdery mold tends to disperse high amounts of mold spores only a professional should provide cleanup services such as sanding the wood and other surfaces for complete mold removal.

Moldy debris is HEPA vacuumed to avoid further spread of mold damage. Afterward, the HEPA vacuum should be thoroughly cleaned with fungicide and water. The solution is then allowed to penetrate the surfaces and dry. Also, the floor must be thoroughly cleaned with a chlorinated cleaner if the mold mitigation process is to be successful. Once the mold in home has been eliminated, the next step is to seal wood surfaces with an oil-based primer. After cleaning the wall surfaces, mold mitigation and deodorization teams repaint using latex paint that contains mildew-cide to ensure mold, mildew, and fungus will not resurface in the future, and the deodorization eliminates smelly odor. However, if moisture gets to the area, mold in home will also return. Call SERVPRO of San Leandro at 510-352-2480.

After the fire... repairs

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage After the fire... repairs Repairs... the final step after a fire.

Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Repairs

If your home has recently been damaged by fire, you understandably are eager to get started improving the property so that life can resume as soon as possible. A fire may make certain areas of your home unusable until the fire damage has been repaired, or it may make the entire home unsafe to be in until the cleanup and repair work is completed. Regardless of how significant or minor the work is, you may want to know how long it will take. The timeline is dependent on not only, the restorative process, but also if any remodeling is included in the final product.

Getting the Repair Work Started
It can be difficult to determine how and where to get started with fire damage repair work for Alameda residents The first step in the repair process is to remove water from the home if firefighters used water during the extinguishing process. Perhaps, a kitchen fire left chemical residue for cleanup. Water extraction can be completed by the professionals from SERVPRO with minimal time and effort. We arrive with our green vehicles stocked with equipment, and supplies to surmount any cleaning and restoration need. Then, you can begin the repair process and decide which items need to be replaced and which ones need to be repaired. We can suggest to you and your adjuster what items and materials are salvageable. Keep in mind that smoke damage can also be a problem, and some items, such as carpeting, and the HVAC system may need to be professionally cleaned to remove the smoke odor from the home. 

Repairing your home after you have suffered fire damage is not something that you want to attempt on your own. A fire damage restoration project requires a considerable amount of time and energy to complete. Bu, SERVPRO of San Leandro can help you restore your property in minimal time with minimal costs. Our IICRC certified technicians have the skills and assets to do a full restoration. We are a locally owned and operated fire damage repair franchise that is ready to begin working for you. We can also help with mold, storm, or water damaging events to your property. Call us today for 24/7 emergency assistance at (510) 352-2480.

Candlelight Causes Fire Damage In San Leandro

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Candlelight Causes Fire Damage In San Leandro Fire Damage in San Leandro Has Met Its Match with SERVPRO

Rely on SERVPRO for Restoration After Water and Fire & Smoke Damaging Events

Romantic and calming, turning the lights down and lighting a few candles is a technique many use to relax and let the stress of the day or the week go. If the candles not well-tended, however, relaxation can turn into panic as a guttering candle starts a house fire. After a fire, homeowners need an experienced restoration company to lead the way back to normal.
The candles you lit for a quiet evening at home had a different agenda. After one set a tablecloth and napkins on fire, the night became quite a bit more frantic. Your dining room is awash in water from the firefighters’ hoses and soiled with smoke and soot. An acrid smell makes it clear fire damage is the problem at your home in San Leandro, and you doubt you have the skills to clean up and deodorize. Fortunately, when you call your insurance, they recommend you take no steps until you talk with us.
Our SERVPRO offers round the clock response and a full-service menu of tasks our technicians hold certification in to ensure our work reflects the industry’s best practices. After a thorough assessment, our project manager determines and orders the work necessary to return your house to preloss condition. First, on the list is responding to the water damage caused by the fire fighting efforts.
Although the actual fire damage is devastating, the water damage has a higher likelihood of causing permanent or secondary damage if not remediated first. Removing water and drying out the structure and belongings avoids the growth of mold and the deterioration water saturation can cause. Since our technicians are trained and are IICRC certified in a range of restoration techniques they can move to the cleanup and repair needed after the water is managed.
The table linens may be burned beyond repair, but SERVPRO takes on the work required with a restoration focus. We use appropriate techniques to clear away soot from the walls, furnishings, and floors. Because the area was wet, spray and wipe methods work better than vacuuming and dry sponging. If a surface is charred, we clean it well and then determine whether an abrasive tool can remove the burnt material, revealing undamaged layers below. Speed is necessary because soot and smoke are acidic, and begin to etch and pit surfaces quickly.
Deodorization is the final step, accomplished through the disposal of burned material and sealing of surfaces to prevent odors from escaping and becoming airborne. If a smell lingers, professional sprays or, in more persistent cases, thermal fogging is used to neutralize the particles floating and contributing to the odor.
A call to (510) 352-2480 gets an experienced fire damage crew from SERVPRO of San Leandro to your home. Our staff schedules appointments within hours of the first contact, ensuring we provide needed services before additional damage occurs.

Fire Department Protection here.

Flooding in the Oakland Hills

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooding in the Oakland Hills Don't let this much damage happen, call SERVPRO as soon as you notice wetness.

Your Oakland Water Damaged Home Can Be Restored By SERVPRO

is a problem that most property owners would rather not have to face. After heavy rains or flooding, the risk of water damage increases. Water can cause thousands of dollars in damages. It can damage wood, furniture, electronics, household appliances, and your electrical and plumbing systems. Water intrusion poses risks to your health from exposure to mold, raw sewage, and bacteria. Hire water damage restoration experts from SERVPRO. They can make the water removal and clean up safer and faster.

Water damagec comes From Many Sources
Water damage can be caused by dishwashers that leak, toilets that become clogged, appliances hoses that break, leaks from plumbing, or broken pipes. When too much water and an insufficient way to move or get rid of the it, more complicated problems can arise. For example, a small flood, over time can cause structural damage to your home. Water damage if untreated, can destroy homes or cause them to be uninhabitable until after restoration. You must start the water damage cleanup immediately. If you initiate the water damage restoration process quickly, you increase the chances of saving water damaged items and reduce the risk of unsalvageable items and structural failures.

Permanent Damage Caused By Water
Water will encourage the proliferation of mold growth. Mold growth can destroy woodwork, ceilings, drywall, and other trim. Further, it can damage furniture that sits and soaks in water for an extended period. Constant standing water will cause boards and planks in your home to become warped and weakened. Over time, this will lead to threatening the structural integrity of your home. Water can ruin your home. Waiting to remove water and block on-going damage saves you stress, time, money, and preserves more of your personal, irreplaceable possessions.

Our experts from SERVPRO also have the IICRC training to complement an extensive arsenal of industry grade pumping equipment, drying machines, cleaning products, and expertise to surmount all of your flooding situations. Some water damage may only require a minor cleanup process. However, some jobs may need a big renovation. We can cover the entire process from water removal to complete restoration and keep you well informed of the progress. Our goal is to mitigate the water damage, and get you back home "Like it never even happened."

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

As water damage specialists, SERVPRO of San Leandro has the equipment, experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. We respond to your water damage in Oakland, Alameda, and Piedmont quickly. Call us 24/7 at (510) 352-2480

Cleaning Up Fire Damage

9/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Up Fire Damage After the fire is out, the cleanup begins.

Call SERVPRO of San Leandro for Residential Fire Damage 

Fires can break out in your home for a number of reasons, including common causes such as a lightning strike, an electrical issue or a mishap with cigarettes. Some fires are extinguished quickly, creating only a small amount of Oakland fire damage for you to contend with. Other fires may rage for a longer period of time, and the result may be that an extensive portion of your property is damaged. Regardless of the size of the burned area, fire damage requires a fast, professional response from a remediation and repair company.

The Damage from a Fire
When you assess the damage from a fire n your home, you may be taken aback at the extent of damage from even a small fire. The charred area from the flames may be rather localized to a specific room or area of the home in many cases, and this is particularly true if the fire was extinguished quickly. However, the fire damage can extend far beyond the section that was burned. Consider, for example, that the smoke from fires may have filled several rooms or even the entire home. This smoke can cling to walls, carpeting, furniture and more, and it can also cause staining. In addition to the smoke and soot the water and flame-retardant material from the firefighters' efforts may be scattered throughout the area, creating an additional mess.

The Steps for Fire Damage Restoration
With such a situation on your hands, you may be wondering how you can repair the damage that has affected your home. The Oakland fire damage repair process involves an initial assessment of the damage, and this ideally will be completed as soon as possible once the fire event has been completed. The water will need to be dried out of the home before the restoration process can begin. Once the restoration work begins, soot, smoke damage, and fire damage will be remedied with professional results.

Why You Need a Professional Response.  Some homeowners may think about completing this process on their own, but it's best left to professionals. This is because some of the work, such as water remediation, should be completed as soon as possible and with thorough results to avoid mold damage. In addition, the restoration process for smoke damage can be more difficult than you may think, requiring cleaning throughout much of the home. SERVPRO of San Leandro is the trusted and dependable restoration company that many others have already used for their fire damage restoration services, and we're ready to help you. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of San Leandro is strategically located to respond quickly to your fire, flood or water emergency event. When a major or damaging event occurs in your Oakland or Alameda area home, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us at (510) 352-2480.

Brewing Up Water Damage Rescue in San Leandro

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Brewing Up Water Damage Rescue in San Leandro Don't let water damage shut down your brewery. Contact SERVPRO and our technicians will help to keep your business doors open.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Handle Your Business Water Damage Quickly and Efficiently

Water can be very harmful to a commercial space, even when it is one of the most important ingredients used in the business’s final product. A business can be ruined if a water event causes a shutdown of even a few days. We work closely with our commercial customers to keep any closure short-lived and try to allow at least a portion of the retail space to remain open for business.
Your craft brewing company is threatened with a bottling line halt when a supply line springs a significant leak it is to poised to close down production of your brand until it can be repaired and the area dried out. We have some ideas on how your business can continue in a limited way as we respond to and resolve the water crisis.
The first job is to shut off the supply line and arrange for repair. Then our crew of highly trained SERVPRO technicians gets to work pumping and extracting the water from your bottling room. If you have found it necessary to shut down the power for safety’s sake, we are able to remove the water with our truck-mounted equipment, ensuring we lose no time as we complete this job.
Next, we measure moisture levels and set up a configuration of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out your bottling area completely. While the drying team does its work, SERVPRO managers evaluate the operational safety of your equipment and work to have supporting contractors fix any damaged machines so you can get back in business once the drying is complete.
Meanwhile, we encourage you and your staff to continue operations in your retail space or brew pub. You may not be able to add to your craft beer supply while we restore the damage, but if we erect barriers to hide the sight and noise of the drying process, you should be able to offer the public the finished product. SERVPRO does everything in our power to keep at least a portion of your company open during restoration for your morale and to avoid disappointing your customers, who may look elsewhere for refreshment if you close.
SERVPRO of San Leandro is eager to craft creative responses to commercial water damage crises. Give our office a call at (510) 352-2480 to schedule a speedy inspection and start your rapid recovery.

Repairing Fine Art

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Repairing Fine Art Modern art piece being cleaned to remove soot.

By Clayton A. Barry

Fire in a home or office will cause plenty of damage. What happens when a fine piece of art such as an oil painting or delicate watercolor is contaminated with soot. Is it ruined? Can it be cleaned without causing further damage?

There are times when heat from a fire can cause severe damage to a piece of art, or water from firefighting hoses will inflict heavy damage to artwork and their frames. Sometimes the damage is beyond repair. Cleaning can be performed to stop the spread of damage, but the burns and stains now become the history of the art.

In other cases the art can be restored to as good as before. Fortunately, our company has the skills and resources to provide expert restoration of fine artwork. We have experts who work in-house who can provide cleaning for oil painting, ceramics, art-photos and some watercolors and prints. When we take on a project at our cleaning facility in Hayward, we work with local picture framers who can redo mats and frames if they need to be replaced

Th cleaning technique we often use cleaning to remove soot from oil paintings might surprise you. We use synthetic sponges, natural sponges, and even raw potatoes to clean the oil painted surfaces. Yes, potatoes.

What about the badly damaged pieces, and artwork of high value? We know our limits, that's why our company works with specialty artwork restorers including: The Conversation Center in Chicago. What an amazing place to visit and work with. I was able to tour their facilities to see restoration projects of works by Picasso, Andy Warhol, and others.

If you have smoke or water damaged artwork, photographs, prints and sculpture SERVPRO of San Leandro would be pleased to help you. We have worked for homes with fine art collections in Atherton, Alameda, Hillsborough, Piedmont, San Francisco, Stockton, and many other locations in Northern California.

Our work includes cleaning posters, fine books and even comic book collections. If it’s precious to you and you want it restored, please give us a call. We care and we’re here to help.

(510) 352-2480

Six Classifications of Fire Damage

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Six Classifications of Fire Damage This fire was Class 5... what does that mean?

Alameda Fire Damage Classifications 

The Six Classes of Fire Damage: Your Quick Reference Guide

Although no one wants to experience a fire in their office or home, you never know when this unwanted disaster could transpire. Whether the disaster transpires because of a brush fire or bad electrical wiring, your property could suffer a wide range of adverse, inconveniencing outcomes. There are six classes of fire damage that your property can be subjected to. Learn more about these classes by reviewing the quick reference guide that appears below:

 Six Classes of Fire Damage

1. Class A

This type of fire damage results from combustible items in your household such as rubber, plastics, paper, and wood.

 2. Class B

Class B damages pertain to damage that results from liquids. It can also include solid items that became liquefied. Examples include paints, waxes, petrol, and gasoline. This class of fire damage does not include deterioration resulting from cooking liquids such as corn oil.

3. Class C

This type of fire damage results from flammable gasses. Some flammable gasses include hydrogen, methane, acetylene, and propane.

4. Class D

This kind of fire damage results from combustible metals. Some of them include magnesium, potassium, and titanium. This class is not common given that metals typically direct heat away from the fire.

5. Class E

Class E is a fire damage category that includes electrical equipment while also incorporating the materials from categories A and B. In addition to generating distinct types of damage, this class of fire damage makes it much more challenging to fight the fire.

6. Class F

Class F fire damage results from unsaturated cooking materials such as fats and oils.

Finding The Right Fire Damage Restoration Company

Irrespective of the category of fire damage that surfaces on your property, it is important for you to attain high-quality restoration services as soon as possible. To ensure that you attain the cutting edge, customized fire damage restoration services that you need and deserve, make sure the company you select possesses all of the following attributes:

• A good Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating

• IICRC-certified technicians

• Excellent customer service

• Good online reviews

When you find that your company has been impacted by fire, don't wait. Instead, accelerate and optimize the recovery process by attaining the best restoration services on the block. As a company with more than 60 years of industry experience and 1,650 franchises, the professionals of SERVPRO have built a strong reputation for consistently offering clients the excellent, expedient fire damage restoration services they deserve.

 Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of San Leandro is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs in Alameda, San Lorenzo, or Union City, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (510) 352-2480

Cleaning the USS Hornet

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning the USS Hornet The bow of the Hornet.

SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos and SERVPRO of Stockton to help prepare the USS Hornet Museum for the tourist season.

The SERVPRO crew participated in the Volunteer Cleaning Day at the USS Hornet Museum aircraft carrier located in Alameda, at the former  World War Two Navy base on the San Francisco Bay.  Our crew performed pressure washing and dusting services to help clean and restore this historical treasure. Several SERVPRO employees performed dusting and cleaning ij exhibit areas on board the historic ship, while other team members worked hard at removing years of contamination from the service of the hanger deck.  All in all it was a great day to be able to make this great ship and cleaner more enjoyable place for tourists an history buffs to explore.


8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVICES FOR THE COAST GUARD. Cleaning onboard a USCG Cutter.

SERVPRO Services CG Cutter in Alameda for Cleaning and Mold Removal

Recently, SERVPRO of San Leandro cleaned carpets and removed mold in the officer's quarters on board a US Coast Guard cutter based at Coast Guard Island located in the Oakland Estuary of Alameda County. Today, this base is home to the USCG Pacific Area and serves as a facilities and logistics center. In past years it was a recruiting and training base. Today, a fleet of five-cutters like the one in the photo, sail in and out of Coast Guard Island, Alameda to protect mariners everywhere as they patrol our nation's west coast.

It's nice to give back by providing expert environmental cleanup services that protected the health of the officers and crew. 
The nearby cities of Alameda, Oakland and Berkeley have an active maritime industry including protected harbors for motor yachts and sailing yachts and the busy Port of Oakland's container shipping facility. Providing specialty cleaning and restoration services for yachts and commercial ships is part of what we do. 

SERVPRO of San Leandro is available 24 hours a day to restore your San Leandro property or your boat. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial fire,water, or mold damage. We can also access the resources of our national network of 1,700 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events. Call us for information and help. (510) 352-2480